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First night of Disney's Very Merry Christmas Party sold out — Worrying about your Halloween costume is so two days ago. Disney fans already have created a sell-out of the first night of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the after-hours holiday celebration at Magic Kingdom theme park. Tickets are gone for the Nov. 7 event.

Injuries to Oladipo and Frye overshadow the preseason's positives — On Friday night, the Orlando Magic only had to look toward the end of their bench to be reminded of the most serious negatives of their preseason. Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye sat, unable to play, as their teammates ended the preseason with a 117-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Oct 24, 2014

After Friday night, overconfidence won't be a problem when the Magic open their regular season:

Joe Maddon leaves as Rays manager — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract effective immediately, the team announced Friday. The deal was not set to expire until after the 2015 season. "We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.

Cocaine, marijuana wash up on New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach — Between the surf and the sand, people at two Volusia County beaches found large amounts of drugs on Thursday and Friday, a Volusia County Sheriff Office spokesman said. Twenty kilos of cocaine were found near New Smyrna Beach on Thursday, said Gary Davidson, spokesman for the sheriff's office.
Oct 24, 2014

Bricks of cocaine, marijuana wash up on beaches in Volusia County, Florida…

Theme Park News - Orlando Sentinel — The latest insider news on Disney, Universal Orlando and other theme parks in the Orlando area
Oct 24, 2014

Our @ThemeParks rounds up Twitter response to the demise of the sorcerer's hat

Twitter users react to Disney's sorcerer's hat news — One man's hat is another man's hatred. Reaction to Friday's news that the iconic sorcerer's hat was all over the place -- and usually dramatic. A sampling: My family would take Christmas photos in front of the Sorcerers Hat every year since it opened @hamjenkinsIII This makes me super happy!!!!
Oct 24, 2014

What Twitterers are saying about Disney removing its hat.

Disney's Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer's hat — The iconic - yet much-maligned - sorcerer's hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios will come down early next year.
Oct 25, 2014

Good. Overhaul the park RT @ThemeParks: Disney tipping its hat. Sorcerer's Hat will be removed from Hollywood Studios

Oct 24, 2014

Disney tipping its hat. Sorcerer's Hat will be removed from Hollywood Studios.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @SandraPedicini: The giant sorcerer's hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is coming down early next year.

Joshua Ortiz extradition - Orlando Sentinel — The 20-year-old Oviedo man, accused of murdering his mother, returns to court in Maryland today, where attorneys are expected to discuss whether he'll be returned immediately to Florida or fight to remain in Maryland. Joshua Galin Ortiz is accused of second-degree murder by Seminole County deputies.
Oct 24, 2014

He's coming home to FL to face a murder charge: Oviedo's Joshua Ortiz today agrees to waive extradition in MD.…